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Harbor Freight: "Predator" brand generators?
July 16, 2019
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buckallred
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hi folks:
 
Quick question. We all know Harbor Freight and its products. Some surprisingly good value, some crap.
 
What about their "Predator" line of generators? Anyone have any experience? The pricing is great, but a generator is something that. . when you need it, it better work!
 
thanks!
July 16, 2019
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July 16, 2019
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buckallred said

hi folks:
 
Quick question. We all know Harbor Freight and its products. Some surprisingly good value, some crap.
 
What about their "Predator" line of generators? Anyone have any experience? The pricing is great, but a generator is something that. . when you need it, it better work!
 
thanks!

  

Don't know about their generators but I just bought one from Sam's club for like 300 something duel fuel either gas or propane and it works good have it so if power goes out we don't have to take Shaina to the hospital with all her medical needs we needed to have a backup

July 16, 2019
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Actually looking into dropping a huge chunk of coin and getting a while house generator but not 100% sure about dropping that kind of money

July 17, 2019
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Hi Buck!!

I have nothing to add...

Um...what?

July 17, 2019
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My parents live in an area where power is regularly out for a few days at a time in winter after storms and is now being regularly cut in summer by PGE for fire risk. For years they made do with various portable generators including a few year old predator model. While the name brand Honda/Yamaha/Generac models are great and last forever, the Chinese units that are branded by whomever is selling them are still a decent value. The only real issue is that they don't make clean power compared to the name brand units. With a typical outage my parents would roll the generator out and use an extension cord to feed the refrigerator, satellite, and internet router (their essentials). This used to work fine but would kill the router every other year. Now however, the satellite and routers being sold today are so sensitive that they fail after only a few hours on cheap generators. After replacing sensitive equipment a few times they finally bit the bullet and did a propane whole house unit with auto transfer switch. Now the power is never out more than 30 seconds before automatically transferring.  Not cheap but neither is replacing anything with sensitive electronics every time you need to use a generator.

July 17, 2019
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Thanks for the responses!

Gil: Hey man! Yes I have been a terrible member lately. . . the new job has me travelling all over the valley all the time, so hard to attend meetings. But look on the bright side, since I work for Corrections I can drop off some cartons of cigarettes to whichever of your family members I happen to be visiting that week. Let me know what brand they smoke and you can pay me back later!

Mike G: hope Shaina is doing OK, let's get the kids together soon!

Kris: dumbing it down to non-engineer terms, you mean that the Harbor freight generators, when running, basically create uneven power levels (surges) that tend to fry newer/cheaper electronic components?

Bottom line, sounds like it's worth spending an extra $200-400 to get a solid brand (Honda/Yamaha/Generac). Agree? 

July 17, 2019
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buckallred said
Thanks for the responses!

Gil: Hey man! Yes I have been a terrible member lately. . . the new job has me travelling all over the valley all the time, so hard to attend meetings. But look on the bright side, since I work for Corrections I can drop off some cartons of cigarettes to whichever of your family members I happen to be visiting that week. Let me know what brand they smoke and you can pay me back later!

Mike G: hope Shaina is doing OK, let's get the kids together soon!

Kris: dumbing it down to non-engineer terms, you mean that the Harbor freight generators, when running, basically create uneven power levels (surges) that tend to fry newer/cheaper electronic components?

Bottom line, sounds like it's worth spending an extra $200-400 to get a solid brand (Honda/Yamaha/Generac). Agree? 

  

What am I??? Chopped liver?

Um...what?

July 17, 2019
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What am I??? Chopped liver?

  

 

Well . . . that's a lot of chopped liver!

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July 17, 2019
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buckallred said 
Bottom line, sounds like it's worth spending an extra $200-400 to get a solid brand (Honda/Yamaha/Generac). Agree? 

  

Honda is a solid brand. Well engineered. Very reliable. 

Semper Fi

July 19, 2019
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buckallred said
Kris: dumbing it down to non-engineer terms, you mean that the Harbor freight generators, when running, basically create uneven power levels (surges) that tend to fry newer/cheaper electronic components?

Bottom line, sounds like it's worth spending an extra $200-400 to get a solid brand (Honda/Yamaha/Generac). Agree? 

  

Yes, the cheap generators make dirty power that has a habit of killing sensitive electronics.

Yes, depending on what your planned use or it is.  If all you need to run is a blender out camping then the cheapest used unit on craigslist will work.  (note that it appears that some of the cheaper generac units, the smaller GP units, are rebranded chineese)

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